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Amore Mio! Quick pic while sitting on a window pane of our house in Vicenza, Italy

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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:28 May 2011 - 3:12 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.6
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Soaking up the Sun
Username:markdail2 markdail2
Uploaded:31 Jul 2012 - 12:26 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
31 Jul 2012 - 1:14 PM

Quite like this the sharp outlines of shutters and windows, compared to the soft outlines and tones of the girl, nice one like it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11495 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom39 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 2:05 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Lovely atmospheric image, great tonal range and very dynamic pose. My first thought was to suggest that cropped to square format would be nice, without the shutters and the reflections ... but just spent a while playing with a couple of bits of paper either side to judge the effect and I actually prefer it the way you've already got it! The shutters provide a nice tunnel into the main subject - the girl herself in the window Smile So the other suggestion would be crop a wee bit off the bottom, say to the bottom corners of the shutters and maybe a bit off the top as well - make it more letterbox style?

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markdail2
markdail2  2 Italy
31 Jul 2012 - 4:34 PM

I love your idea and thank you for the constructive criticism. Although i think i might like it untouched from here. Reason being is that when the bottom edge of the shutters are in the frame the angels to it add a somewhat tunnel effect drawing you into the subject added with her gaze. I think is just unmistakable.

Best regards,

-Mark-

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peekay2001
31 Jul 2012 - 4:55 PM

Nice mood of a sunday morning atmosphere.. Another version could be there.. with the girl looking out.. i feel that would also be interesting.

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11495 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom39 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 4:59 PM

Mark - I think that's what I meant about leaving the shutters in ... when I said above about cropping them, I meant the edge at the extreme of the image frame, not the one further in - literally about 5mm up from the bottom. Probably didn't explain it very well, but I do agree about the angles. Either which way, it's an excellent image however you present it Smile

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NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 5:16 PM

When commenting on pieces of work, I find it so difficult not look at other people comments. This time is no different, at first glance I thought to myself there is something very appealing about this image, however my making the mistake once again of reading other people comments I soon began to recognise the meaning and the reasoning behind those comments. This image is so crammed packed with images within itself, it is very hard to actual find a main focal point. "Is it the sultry looking face of the model?" "Is it the gorgeous light that makes its path across her form?" "Is it the reflections in both of the open windows?" or "Is it the quietly burning cigarette?" So many questions need to be answered. The primary one I believe is to ask yourself, "What did you hope to achieve from this piece, or was it simply an opportunistic photograph?" Which they're so many beautiful ones that have now become 'Iconic pieces in their own right.

I am sorry If I spouted a load of **** but that what I see in this at first glance beautiful thought evoking and quite evocative photograph.

Regards Nathan

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TanyaH
TanyaH e2 Member 11495 forum postsTanyaH vcard United Kingdom39 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 5:33 PM

Well said Nathan! (Although I have to admit that I was so taken with the angles, framing and like you say "images within the image" that I didn't even notice the cigarette!! DOH!) Just goes to show how everyone sees different things.

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markdail2
markdail2  2 Italy
31 Jul 2012 - 5:58 PM

I cannot thank all of you enough for the comments and constructive criticism! Please feel free to throw it as much as you like! Smile

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